|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1848|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1925, USA|
Pastor of St. Boniface
BROMMENSCHENKEL, REV. PETER
There is no higher earthly calling than the ministry of the Gospel; no life more uplifting and grander than that which is devoted to the amelioration of the human race; no life which demands more sacrifices. The true minister is willing to cast aside all earthly crowns and laurels of fame in order to follow in the footsteps of the lowly Nazarene. It is not possible to measure adequately the height, depth and breadth of such a life, for its influences continue to permeate the lives of others through succeeding generations, so that the real power it has can not be known until "the last day when the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible."
One of the self-sacrificing, ardent, loyal and true men who has been a blessing to the community in which he has lived is Father Peter Brommenschenkel, the pastor of St. Boniface church at Westphalia, in this county. He was born September 27, 1846, in Prussia, in the Rhine Province. His parents were Nicholas and Catherine Brommenschenkel, who came to this country in June, 1850, and settled at Hennepin, Illinois. Two years later the family moved to Chicago and here the father pursued his usual occupation for a short time. The family next went west and eventually located in Dubuque, Iowa, where Nicholas established a wagon shop of his own and managed it until his death. To Nicholas Brommenschenkel and wife were born nine children, all of whom are deceased except Father Brommenschenkel and one sister, who is a nun in a convent at Ashland, Wisconsin.
Father Brommenschenkel was three and one-half years of age when his parents left Germany and came to this country, and, consequently, all of his education has been received in this country. He first attended the Catholic school at Dubuque, Iowa, and then entered St. Francis Seminary at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to study for the priesthood. He became a student in this excellent institution in 1861 and remained in actual attendance until 1869. He was ordained to the priesthood August 1, 1869, by Bishop Hennessey, of Dubuque, Iowa, receiving the ordination at St. Raphael's Cathedral.
Immediately after his ordination he was assigned to the St. Mary's church parish at Iowa City, but remained there only a short time, being transferred to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to assist Father McMennomy, of St. Mary's church. He was stationed at Council Bluffs until July, 1870, when he was put in charge of the church at Marshalltown, Iowa, remaining at that place until November, 1875. He was now assigned to the Holy Trinity church at Richmond, Iowa, and for the next five years ministered to the spiritual needs of his people at that place. In the fall of 1880 he was sent to Riverside, Iowa, to assume the charge of St. Mary's church in that city. Nearly six years of zealous pastoral labor and devotion marked his career in this place.
For the past twenty-eight years (since May 20, 1886), Father Brommenschenkel has been in charge of St. Boniface church at Westphalia, Iowa, having the mission at Harlan under his direction as well. During this time he has had the pleasure of seeing his church grow in power and influence and his people living lives in accordance with the teachings of the church. He takes his share of the burden of civic life and is a firm and consistent advocate of good government, casting his ballot on election days for the best men irrespective of their political affiliations. Father Brommenschenkel is highly respected by all the people of the city where he has spent so many years of his active life, knowing, as they do, that he is a man who is working to raise the standard of civilization and thereby make this a better place in which to live.
This bio has no connection to the Shelby County, Iowa genweb site.
"Past and Present of Shelby County Iowa" By Edward S. White - - Volume II Illustrated - - 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana: Page 636, 637, 638
Nicholas Brommenschenkel (1817 - 1892)
Katharina Hungershöfer Brommenschenkel (1823 - 1901)
Maria Brommenschenkel (____ - 1867)*
Joseph Brommenschenkel (____ - 1859)*
Henry Brommenschenkel (____ - 1857)*
Peter Brommenschenkel (1848 - 1925)
Mathias Brommenschenkel (1854 - 1868)*
Aegedia Brommenschenkel (1858 - 1886)*
Leocadia Clara Brommenschenkel (1867 - 1953)*
Saint Boniface Cemetery
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